By Divia Thani Daswani
Location, location, location. You’ve found your Prince Charming, and now it’s time to plan. So, where do you want this journey to begin? Does it involve a castle, a palace, or the mountains? A glittering city or a pristine coast? Whatever your choice of storybook setting is, find it and book it. You only get the opportunity to create the actual fairy tale you have always dreamed once.
Whatever your choice of location, when you plan a wedding in a different destination, that place holds a special significance for you and your partner for the rest of your lives. You will carry it with you in your hearts, you will plan to return many times, you will one day bring your children to it and delightedly explain the spot Mom and Dad got married in. It becomes a story you will tell for many years. It could even be the place you return to if you want to rekindle your romance when it needs a spark, or where you go to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Whether it is Goa, Phuket or Pondicherry, your heart will sure lift a little whenever it is mentioned, or when you’ll recall the special memories of your big day.
Divia Thani Daswani is the Editor of Condé Nast Traveller India
Twitter handle: @diviathani
In an exclusive in “The Ultimate Guide to Destination Weddings” special supplement complimentary with Condé Nast Traveller India February – March 2015 issue, Aarti Cooper talks about the perfect destination for the wedding of your dreams. 6 Amazing Beach Wedding Destinations featured are:
Visa: Can be obtained in 3-4 days
Travel time: Three hours non-stop from Mumbai
Spectacular location: Choose the Al Bustan Palace, or Ritz-Carlton Hotel with the Hajar Mountains and the Sea of Oman as backdrops.
Travel time: Two and half hours non-stop from Mumbai to Trivandrum
Season: September—November and February—March.
Spectacular location: Have a clifftop reception at The Leela Kovalam
Visa: On arrival
Travel time: Six and a half hours from Delhi via Kuala Lumpur
Spectacular location: Say your vows amid the ancient rainforests and mangroves of the Kilim Geopark. The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi and The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa are great stay options.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Visa: Electronic Travel Authorization
Travel time: One and a half hour from Bengaluru to Colombo, then three-hour drive
Season: October—November and February—April.
Spectacular location: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and resort, The Fortress also has an in-house wedding planner.
Visa: On arrival
Travel time: Six hours non-stop from Mumbai
Spectacular location: Le Touessrok and One&Only Le Saint Géran have great golf courses for extra entertainment.
Travel time: One hour non-stop from Mumbai
Spectacular location: Have a big wedding at the Grand Hyatt or a more intimate ceremony at the Park Hyatt. Just a dozen of you? Pick Goa’s best-kept secret—Elsewhere Beach Houses.
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